A Columbia County man accused of starving his dog and lying to a sheriff’s deputy about the reason for the dog’s condition pleaded guilty in exchange for a two-year probation sentence.
Andrew L. Thompson, 37, pleaded Oct. 12 in Columbia County Superior Court to misdemeanor charges of obstruction of an officer and cruelty to animals. Judge J. Wade Padgett sentenced Thompson under the First Offender Act. Conditions of the probation include paying the sheriff’s office $975 in restitution and not owning any animal during the probation period. Restitution was for food and medical bills, Maj. Steve Morris said.
Thomas was arrested March 17. A day earlier, according to the indictment, he told a deputy that his Weimaraner named Lola had a gastrointestinal infection that was being treated. He was accused of failing to provide food and medical treatment for the dog.